Stoddard County man sentenced to 24 years for statutory sodomy

Bobby Riddell (Source: Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver)
Bobby Riddell (Source: Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver)

STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A Stoddard County man was sentenced to 24 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to statutory sodomy in the first degree.

Bobby Riddell was sentenced April 6. The sentence was made consecutive to a previously imposed seven year sentence in New Madrid County for a total of 31 years, according to Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver. Riddell previously pleaded guilty to statutory sodomy in the first degree-victim less than 14 years old on February 2, 2022. There was no plea agreement. There were no restrictions on the sentencing range as a result of the plea and was an “open plea.”

A sentencing assessment report was conducted by the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole and a sentencing hearing conducted on April 6. The child victim and her mother testified to the effect that this crime has had on the child’s life. The abuse by the defendant began when the child was 11 years old while living in Stoddard County and continued for five years in other counties as the child grew older, according to Oliver.

“We are very pleased with Judge Mayer’s sentence,” Oliver said. “The defendant will be ineligible for parole until 85% of his sentence is served. We were able to spare this child the additional trauma of testifying at a jury trial and also ensured that the Defendant will be a very old man before he will ever be eligible for parole.”

 

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